A close friend and ministry partner of Billy Graham since 1945, Mr. Barrows went to be with the Lord on November 15, 2016. He will be sorely missed.
For more than 60 years, Cliff Barrows helped unite voices in praise around the world. Take a look at how his passion and presence impacted the Billy Graham Evangelistic Association through the years.
Watch this 4-minute tribute video for a look at the remarkable life of BGEA’s (Billy Graham Evangelistic Association) longtime music leader, radio host and Crusade choir director.
You may Click Here to watch this informative and inspiring video of Cliff Barrows.
[Editor's Comment: When I was a student at Furman University and Holmes Bible College I learned that Cliff Barrows was preaching a revival in a local Baptist church. I had seen him and the Billy Graham team when I was a student at Asbury College in Wilmore, KY. He led us in singing "How Great Thou Art." I believe that was the first time I had heard that great hymn. I have enjoyed playing trombone solos and "How Great Thou Art" is one of my favorites. Cliff Barrows played trombone, too.
I soon learned that Cliff Barrows was a dynamic preacher. He preached with great anointing. The Holy Spirit was so powerful that I saw young people holding on the backs of pews under great conviction. Many responded that evening to receive Jesus Christ as their personal Savior. I rejoice when anyone comes to Jesus Christ.
On Saturday nights I enjoy watching the Billy Graham Crusade videos where Cliff narrates each one, and of course leads the singing and is the emcee of the crusade services. He introduces guests who give their personal testimonies and singers or singing groups.
It is my understanding that David Carnes and his wife, Patricia Rex Carnes, furnished the music for Cliff Barrows wedding ceremony when he remarried after his first wife passed away. The lady that he married was a long time member of the Baptist Church that David Carnes was the minister of music and pianist for some 37 years. Tricia Rex Carnes, the daughter of Lonnie and Betty Rex, sang as David played the piano.
David Carnes came to the memorial service for our daughter Stephanie Ellen Morgan on Tuesday, August 7, 2012, at Cornerstone Church of God in East Athens. He, also, came to the committal service at the cemetery. We have a special love for David and Tricia Rex Carnes.
It was on Sunday, October 17, 2010, Christopher David Carnes, 26, suddenly, unexpectedly, and mercifully passed away in his sleep. He had suffered debilitating pain almost every day of his life. Melvine, Greg, and I attended the memorial service. The church was packed. There was a 100 voice choir, and over 700 people were present. David and Tricia were filled with grief and sorrow. However, David played the piano and it was out of this world. He played without any music in front of him. He is one gifted pianist.]